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Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Receives NNPA 2020 National Leadership Award
September 17, 2020
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has introduced several bills, including the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization and Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act, H.R. 71, the Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2015, and H.R. 4660, an Amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 affirming the authority of the Attorney General to reduce prison overcrowding by developing and implementing lawful policies relating to requests for executive clemency from deserving petitioners. ... read more »
BHERC “THE FORGOTTEN” GRASSROOTS CIVIL RIGHTS EXHIBITION CONTINUES TO DRAW ACCOLADES AND PUBLIC ATTENTION
September 3, 2020
The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) exhibition “The Forgotten” wall, an addition to the BHERC “Say Their Name” exhibition in Los Angeles, CA., are 57 names of Black men and women identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that succumbed to racial violence between 1952 to 1968. The addition compliments the original special collection of names researched and first installed over the 2020 Independence Day weekend that is presented as a sobering memorial display of 41 individual markers of the names of men and women in memoriam who were killed by police violence in more recent times.  ... read more »
America’s greatest athletes are standing up, calling this country to change
September 3, 2020
The greatest athletes in America are standing up for justice at a critical time. Despite unprecedented, multiracial demonstrations across the country protesting police violence against African Americans, the horrors keep on coming. ... read more »
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On 8/24 Councilmember Curren Price Announces Plans to Rename Portions of Figueroa Street to “Kobe Bryant Boulevard”
August 27, 2020
Councilmember Curren Price on Aug. 25 introduced a motion to rename a stretch of Figueroa Street from Olympic Boulevard to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in honor of the basketball great Kobe Bryant, ... read more »
Lifting Up Lowery, Vivian and Lewis: Living the Legacy, Freeing the People
July 23, 2020
Clearly, there are several lessons to be gleaned from the legacy of these freedom warriors and workers for a new society and world. And the first is to rightfully locate them in Black history among their people, our people in the midst of an unfinished and ongoing Black freedom struggle. Indeed, there can be no correct understanding, appropriate appreciation or honest emulation of their lives and the lives of all those who preceded them and made them and us possible and of those who were their co-combatants, unless we place them all in the context of their people, our people, Black people and our struggle. ... read more »
Student Athlete of the Week: Zsateau Bouyer
May 14, 2020
Los Angeles high school sophomore Zsateau Bouyer has a passion for sprinting, she is ready to improve the school’s track program with her dedication. When the Romans track and field team needed more participants, she urged schoolmates to compete with her. ... read more / watch video »
IN MEMORIAM: Earl Graves Sr., Black Enterprise Founder Dies
April 9, 2020
"At 9:22 p.m. this evening, April 6, my father and hero, Earl Graves, Sr., the founder of Black Enterprise, passed away quietly after a long battle with Alzheimer's," Earl Graves Jr. wrote on Twitter. "I loved and admired this giant of a man and am blessed to be his namesake. Love you, dad." ... read more »
The Poverty Paradigm
March 12, 2020
You might think that the kind of generational poverty that would concern a global powerhouse like the United States of America, let alone the paradise we call Southern California, is a non-conversation in this country. Yet the special rapport on poverty, racial equity, and human rights is an appropriate link. The notion that we have a low unemployment rate, but a high under-employment rate, increased homelessness, immigration, food insecurity, poor education, immigration political wars, and racial inequity, when correctly interpreted, the numbers suggest that we have an urgent problem. ... read more »
No War on Poverty: The King Holiday and American Hypocrisy
March 12, 2020
SCLC is planning a new Poor People’s Campaign focused on empowerment, education and food for those in poverty. ... read more »
James W. Sweeney Obituary
March 6, 2020
James W. Sweeney was born in Fresno, California on July 28, 1948, to the union of Lonnie Lee Sweeney and Evelyn Randle. He is the younger of two sons born to this union. Sweeney’s parents, and his brother Sherman Sr., preceded him in death. ... read more »
Many Say Education of King’s Life, Legacy Remains Critical for Young People
February 27, 2020
According to the data, 63 percent of U.S. students incorrectly identified Dr. King's accomplishments or were not aware of some of the most important things he did to contribute to America's Civil Rights Movement. ... read more »
Congresswoman Maxine Waters Honored with Award at LMU’s annual King Celebration
February 6, 2020
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43rd District) delivered the keynote speech and was named the second recipient of the University's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice before a capacity crowd during a ceremony held in the campus' Saint Robert's Auditorium this past Thursday, January 23. ... read more »
EXCLUSIVE: Rev. Dr. William Barber Addresses Systemic Racism and Voting Rights During Call with the Black Press
January 23, 2020
Following the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case, which gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, 14 states had new voting restrictions in place before the 2016 Presidential election, and there were 868 fewer polling places across the country, according to the Poor Peoples Campaign. ... read more »
New Year Wishes and Work: Pursuing and Practicing Peace
January 23, 2020
In this time of warmongering, weapon brandishing and the waging of war of various kinds against the vulnerable, revisiting this Kawaida stance and statement on the importance and essential good of peace is both needed and reaffirming. ... read more »
Living for the Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 17, 2020
The work accomplished in the fight for civil rights justice and equality by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lifts us all. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for his endeavors and the sacrifices he made in leading the movement that so many have benefitted from over the decades. ... read more »
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